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Sound Off -- May 30, 2014

There goes the neighbourhood!

We were so glad to see the Brandon Sun shine a light on these specialized foster homes. We have one of these homes in our west-end neighbourhood and it’s been hell from day one. Our neighbourhood was quiet, clean, safe and drug-free — now it’s none of those things. We’ve had multiple thefts, vandalism and illegal drugs brought in. And no, the so-called staff are not trained and turn a blind eye to what these kids do. They (the staff) hide in the house and won’t answer the door. We want to know what the mayor and our other elected officials are going to do to protect the public. It is just a matter of time before a citizen is hurt or worse by one of these kids. They cite privacy concerns, but their right to privacy should be null and void once they start destroying the neighbourhoods they plague.

Communities should have clean drinking water

There was an article in the Brandon Sun some time ago regarding drinking water and it stated that some 60 communities in Manitoba were on a boil water advisory. If these communities are still boiling their water, has anyone thought about getting a machine to purify the water in these communities? Up in northern Ontario, Health Canada provides the communities with a machine about the size of a fridge that purifies the water for drinking. People bring a jug to fill up with water and the whole community benefits. These machines could be set up in the community centre or in the fire hall to make water available for everyone. In a town in Ontario, which has about 5,000 people, they did this. It is just not acceptable to not have good drinking water in this day and age.

Be thankful for what you have

To the individual who is upset about the people who are looking for cans in the daylight hours in recycling bins you should be thankful that is not your lot in life. These people are recycling to pay for food and used clothing. Why don’t you recycle the articles yourself and take the money and save the environment? If they did this at night they could be charged with trespassing at night — would that make you happy? One day a gentleman was collecting bottles along the street and I discreetly offered him $10 cash and he refused because it would not be right to accept the money. After a little bickering I convinced him to accept $5. He was smiling with tears in his eyes. My heart was elated seeing how much I had helped someone less fortunate financially than myself.

Look before you open your door, people

Why do some people think it’s OK to open their vehicle doors when traffic is passing right by them? If another car is approaching, the person could lose a door or be squished. How dumb. And if you honk, you usually get the middle finger salute. Check the Highway Traffic Act dummies, you’re breaking the law.

Where’s the wealth?

Received the tax bill in the mail today, an increase of $180, funny thing is I don't feel “wealthier” as Mayor Shari and her buddies like to say.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 30, 2014

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There goes the neighbourhood!

We were so glad to see the Brandon Sun shine a light on these specialized foster homes. We have one of these homes in our west-end neighbourhood and it’s been hell from day one. Our neighbourhood was quiet, clean, safe and drug-free — now it’s none of those things. We’ve had multiple thefts, vandalism and illegal drugs brought in. And no, the so-called staff are not trained and turn a blind eye to what these kids do. They (the staff) hide in the house and won’t answer the door. We want to know what the mayor and our other elected officials are going to do to protect the public. It is just a matter of time before a citizen is hurt or worse by one of these kids. They cite privacy concerns, but their right to privacy should be null and void once they start destroying the neighbourhoods they plague.

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There goes the neighbourhood!

We were so glad to see the Brandon Sun shine a light on these specialized foster homes. We have one of these homes in our west-end neighbourhood and it’s been hell from day one. Our neighbourhood was quiet, clean, safe and drug-free — now it’s none of those things. We’ve had multiple thefts, vandalism and illegal drugs brought in. And no, the so-called staff are not trained and turn a blind eye to what these kids do. They (the staff) hide in the house and won’t answer the door. We want to know what the mayor and our other elected officials are going to do to protect the public. It is just a matter of time before a citizen is hurt or worse by one of these kids. They cite privacy concerns, but their right to privacy should be null and void once they start destroying the neighbourhoods they plague.

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